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  • McKinsey: 74 percent of Obamacare Enrollees Were Previously Insured

    05/13/2014 1:05:49 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 4 replies
    town hall ^ | 5/12/14 | Guy Benson
    Why do conservatives continue to harp on Obamacare's enrollment figures? Because the administration has placed such a heavy emphasis on them as a key metric of quantifying the law's "success," and some in the media have dutifully taken that cue, laboring to construct a "winning streak" narrative for Obamacare. In a post about the law's stubborn unpopularity among the American people, a Washington Post analyst puzzled over how public polling has failed to reflect the supposedly positive developments of last month. Perhaps the reason is that people are suspicious of the White House's numbers -- which, even if they were...
  • Ukraine Says That Militants Won the East (Where's that darn reset button?)

    04/30/2014 8:16:29 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 35 replies
    ny times ^ | 4/30/14 | By ALISON SMALE and ANDREW ROTH
    It is by now a well-established pattern. Armed, masked men in their 20s to 40s storm a public building of high symbolic value in a city somewhere in eastern Ukraine, evict anyone still there, seize weapons and ammunition, throw up barricades and proclaim themselves the rulers of a “people’s republic.” It is not clear who is in charge or how the militias are organized. Through such tactics, a few thousand pro-Russian militants have seized buildings in about a dozen cities, effectively establishing control over much of an industrial region of about 6.5 million nestled against the Russian border. Day by...
  • Pro-Russian militants take over TV station in Ukraine's Donetsk (No resistance)

    04/27/2014 3:39:35 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 4 replies
    yahoo ^ | 4/27/2014 | AFP
    Dozens of pro-Kremlin militants seized the regional television station in Ukraine's eastern city of Donetsk on Sunday, an AFP journalist at the scene said. The insurgents, wearing camouflage uniforms and armed with baseball bats and knives, occupied the interior of the building, preventing anyone from entering. Most wore a red armband bearing the name of the pro-Russian group Oplot (Bastion). They were not carrying visible firearms, but militants carried several heavy bags inside the building and refused to answer reporters' questions. The insurgents covered the trident, Ukraine's national symbol, adorning the entrance with a sticker bearing the name of the...
  • Reid: Bundy Supporters Are “Domestic Terrorists”

    04/17/2014 2:46:19 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 55 replies
    CBS Las Vegas ^ | 4/17/2014 | Chuck Meyer
    Supporters of Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy have been called domestic terrorists by Senator Harry Reid. He made the comments during an appearance at a Review-Journal event, and repeated them, saying “what happened there was domestic terrorism’
  • No sign of crackdown as Ukraine deadline passes (Putin laughs at Obama's red lines)

    04/14/2014 3:13:21 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 2 replies
    cnn ^ | 4/14/2014 | Jason Hanna, Marie-Louise Gumuchian and Tim Lister
    Scores of pro-Russian protesters storm a Ukrainian police headquarters and confront the officers inside. Hundreds outside back up the intruders, chanting. A Russian flag flies from the structure as the crowd listens to activists with a megaphone at the entrance. Monday was the day the Ukrainian government demanded pro-Russian activists give up. Instead, they appear to have overrun another key building in yet another eastern Ukrainian city. Protesters forced police officers out of their four-story headquarters in the eastern Ukrainian city of Horlivka, witnesses said, adding a new complication for a Kiev government worried about demonstrators' escalating activity in the...
  • Shocking Allegations Show Harry Reid, Chinese Company Behind Nevada Ranch Standoff (FR Credited)

    04/12/2014 3:41:20 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 69 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | 4/11/2014 | Christopher Agee
    As a family in Clark County, Nev. continues to face an onslaught of heavily armed federal agents determined to kick them off of their ranch, reports have surfaced that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid might be behind the entire ordeal. The ranch, which has been in Cliven Bundy’s family for more than a century, is ground zero for a growing showdown between federal authorities and individual rights activists. Despite attempting to silence protesters by limiting them to so-called “First Amendment areas,” law enforcement personnel, legislators, and militia members are heading to the site in droves to express their outrage over...
  • President’s celebration skips those asking the hard questions

    04/02/2014 7:41:39 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 14 replies
    NY Post ^ | 4/2/2014 | Mchael Tanner
    Talk about spiking the ball. Speaking in the White House Rose Garden yesterday afternoon, President Obama declared flatly that the Affordable Care Act, which he proudly referred to as ObamaCare, “is doing what it’s supposed to do; it’s working.” The president had reason to be pleased. According to the White House, 7.1 million Americans signed up, slightly more than the Congressional Budget Office had said was necessary for the law to work as planned. Considering the Web-site disaster and all other problems that we’ve seen so far, this represents a significant accomplishment. ..... But while the president basked in his...
  • Democrats said to push for new changes to ObamaCare amid midterm fears

    03/27/2014 3:16:41 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 126 replies
    fox news ^ | 3/27/2014 | staff
    Several Democratic senators reportedly plan to introduce as soon as Thursday a set of principles and legislation aimed at fixing parts of ObamaCare amid concerns the law could cost Democrats House seats and possibly the Senate in November. Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va.; Mark Begich, D-Alaska; Mary Landrieu, D-La.; Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.; Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.; and Sen. Angus King, I., Maine, will introduce proposals to improve the law, The Wall Street Journal reported. Begich and Warner have called for allowing "copper" plans on the government-run health exchanges. The new insurance plans would offer lower premiums and higher out-of-pocket costs than the...
  • Ukraine navy base in Sevastopol, Crimea stormed by pro-Russia self-defense forces

    03/19/2014 3:34:06 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 9 replies
    cbs ^ | 3/19/2014 | cbs
    Crimea's self-defense forces on Wednesday stormed the Ukrainian navy base in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol a day after Russia signed a treaty with local authorities to annex the region. An Associated Press photographer witnessed several hundred self-defense forces take down the gate and make their way onto the headquarters' premises. They then raised the Russian flag on the square by the headquarters. Ukrainian servicemen were standing guard by the main building. Crimean self-defense forces are not armed and seemed to be waiting for the Ukrainian army's decision whether to let them in.
  • Target announces it will drop part-time employees from its healthcare plan

    01/22/2014 4:57:11 AM PST · by tobyhill · 30 replies
    the hill ^ | 1/22/2014 | Jonathan Easley
    Target Corp. announced on Tuesday it would no longer offer healthcare coverage to its part-time employees. In a blog post on the company’s website, Jodee Kozlak, the executive vice president of human resources, framed it as a positive development for part-time employees of the company. “The Health Insurance Marketplaces provides new options for healthcare coverage that we believe our part-time members may prefer,” she wrote. “In fact, by offering them insurance, we could actually disqualify many of them from being eligible for newly available subsidies that could reduce their overall health insurance expense.” Kozlak added that at present, fewer than...
  • White House reportedly delays ObamaCare equal coverage provision

    01/19/2014 6:39:19 AM PST · by tobyhill · 45 replies
    fox news ^ | 1/19/2014 | staff
    The Obama administration is reportedly delaying enforcement of another aspect of ObamaCare, one that prohibits employers from providing better health benefits to top executives than those being offered to regular employees. According to The New York Times, tax officials said they would not enforce the provision in 2014 as they had not yet issued the appropriate regulations. The Affordable Care Act, commonly known as ObamaCare, says employer-sponsored health plans must not discriminate “in favor of highly compensated individuals” with respect to either eligibility or benefits, and provides a tax break for employer-sponsored insurance, while demanding employers not provide better coverage...
  • White House turns to ‘Magic’ to sell Obamacare (Magic "HIV" Johnson)

    01/16/2014 4:03:33 AM PST · by tobyhill · 17 replies
    yahoo ^ | 1/16/2014 | Olivier Knox
    Eager for an assist in getting young Americans to sign up for Obamacare, the White House is turning to NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson. Johnson, in a two-minute video released Wednesday, notes that access to reliable health care “saved my life” with the early detection of his HIV infection 22 years ago. "If it wasn’t for that quality health care that I had, and the plan that I had, I probably would have been dead," Johnson says in the video. “You never know when you’re going to need it,” the former world-class athlete says. “Young people, they think they’re...
  • U.S. Pledges $380 Million in Relief Aid for Syria

    01/15/2014 2:44:00 AM PST · by tobyhill · 15 replies
    ny times ^ | 1/15/2014 | By MICHAEL R. GORDON
    Secretary of State John Kerry pledged $380 million in new American assistance on Wednesday to help civilians who are suffering because of the civil war in Syria. The pledge came as Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations Secretary General, told a donor conference here that $6.5 billion was needed to provide medical care, food, water and shelter for Syrian refugees and civilians inside the country through 2014. That is the largest appeal for assistance in the history of the United Nations. It comes as the number of Syrian refugees has grown and conditions inside the country have dramatically deteriorated.
  • White House pushes back ObamaCare enrollment deadline for pre-existing conditions

    01/15/2014 2:12:17 AM PST · by tobyhill · 31 replies
    fox news ^ | 1/15/2014 | fox news
    The Obama administration announced Tuesday that it was delaying the deadline for people with pre-existing conditions to enroll in ObamaCare. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said Tuesday that it was moving the deadline to March 15 from January 31, the originally scheduled end of the enrollment period. "As part of our continuing effort to help smooth consumers' transition into Marketplace coverage, we are allowing those covered by (the Pre-Existing Conditions Insurance Plan) additional time to shop for new coverage while they receive the ongoing care and treatment they need," HHS spokeswoman Joanne Peters said in a statement.
  • State efforts to block Obamacare are working, study finds (Blame Obamacare failure on the states)

    01/14/2014 4:01:05 AM PST · by tobyhill · 11 replies
    nbc ^ | 1/14/2014 | Maggie Fox
    States whose governments are hostile to Obamacare are also hindering efforts to get people signed up for health insurance, according to a study released Tuesday. Laws restricting outreach and enrollment efforts have handicapped community health centers that are a key component of plans to get health insurance to millions of Americans who lack it, researchers at George Washington University found. “This is the first study to attempt to measure the impact of restrictive state policies,” said Sara Rosenbaum, who led the team at GW’s Department of Health Policy that did the study. “The navigator laws are having a real effect.”...
  • Obamacare Leaves Some Patients High and Dry

    01/13/2014 4:50:52 AM PST · by tobyhill · 15 replies
    Fox 8 Cleveland ^ | 1/13/2014 | cnn money
    Jeanne Patterson really needs to see a doctor but had to cancel her appointment last week. Why? Because her new Obamacare benefits were not in order, forcing her to spend hours and hours on hold with her insurer, Independence Blue Cross. Many folks who signed up for coverage through the state and federal exchanges are running into roadblocks now that they are trying to use their new benefits. And though exchange officials and insurers have urged consumers to call their insurers if they encounter problems, many say they either wait endlessly on hold or get the runaround. Coverage for the...
  • Obamacare consumers: Time to pay up

    01/11/2014 5:30:51 AM PST · by tobyhill · 49 replies
    politico ^ | 1/11/2014 | By BRETT NORMAN
    Many insurers should know by Friday how many of the 2 million-plus Obamacare sign-ups have actually converted into premium-paying customers. Yet an array of payment deadline extensions by other plans means that what critics have been demanding — a full count of Americans insured under Obamacare — won’t be available until next month. Companies are scrambling to ensure that individuals who committed to plans online in fact put their money where their mice are. They’re staffing call centers and even making robocalls to get procrastinators to finalize their first premium payment. But the effort has been complicated by several dysfunctional...
  • Rep. Gardner: Udall ObamaCare controversy raises concerns about abuse of power

    01/11/2014 5:21:13 AM PST · by tobyhill · 11 replies
    fox news ^ | 1/11/2014 | fox news
    Rep. Cory Gardner told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly Friday that Colorado Sen. Mark Udall’s reported bullying of the state insurance agency over ObamaCare cancellation numbers “raises a big question about the abuse of power.” Udall, a Democrat, is under fire following reports that his staff pressured the Colorado Division of Insurance to walk back its claims that 250,000 people in the state had their health insurance canceled due to the health care law. Gardner, R-Colo., said on “The Kelly File” that emails in which an insurance agency employee said the workers were “standing strong” indicate they were receiving hostile inquiries...
  • President Obama: ‘Long-term unemployed are not lazy’ (The only other explanation then, no jobs)

    01/07/2014 1:31:06 PM PST · by tobyhill · 27 replies
    msnbc ^ | 1/7/2014 | Aliyah Frumin
    Shortly after the Senate narrowly cleared the first procedural hurdle to temporarily extend federal benefits to the unemployed, President Obama urged Congress to pass the bill and laid out the moral case to help poor and struggling Americans. “I just want everybody to understand this is not an abstraction,” said Obama, who was flanked by several who lost their benefits on Dec. 28 after Congress failed to act before leaving for the holidays. “…These are your neighbors, your friends, your family members, it could at some point be any of us. That’s why we set up a system of unemployment...
  • White House unemployment benefits push kicks into high gear (Pay for it Democrats!)

    01/06/2014 5:09:32 AM PST · by tobyhill · 25 replies
    politico ^ | 1/6/2014 | By REID J. EPSTEIN
    President Barack Obama returns from his Hawaii holiday toting a familiar message — blame the Republicans — as the White House and its allies launch a fresh weeklong effort to spotlight Congress’s failure to renew long-term unemployment benefits. The push kicks into high gear Tuesday, as the president hosts a group of unemployed Americans at the White House. That event — which comes as Democrats ramp up what they hope is a midterm-friendly focus on income inequality — will be followed by daily White House efforts to keep the story in the news, a White House official said. Obama’s political...
  • ObamaCare’s four biggest lies

    01/06/2014 3:31:46 AM PST · by tobyhill · 13 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1/5/2104 | Michael Garland
    President Obama’s famous vow — “If you like your health plan, you will be able to keep your health plan. Period.” — isn’t the only broken promise of ObamaCare. Now that the Affordable Care Act has actually been in effect for a week, Americans are discovering more pitfalls associated with the massive overhaul. Lie #1: “Affordable” Care. Even the president’s ideological allies — like Michael Moore — acknowledge that the Affordable Care Act is far from inexpensive for most Americans and that it “risks being a cruel joke.” For average Americans, the results are prohibitively expensive. “The cheapest plan available...
  • Medicaid expansion under ObamaCare will lead to more emergency room visits, study suggests

    01/05/2014 5:48:05 AM PST · by tobyhill · 14 replies
    fox news ^ | 1/5/2104 | fox news
    Capitol Hill Republicans are not surprised by a new study that suggests more people will make emergency room visits under ObamaCare, not fewer as President Obama and other supporters of the law argue. The Harvard University study recently published in the journal Science shows that emergency room visits increased by 40 percent for those who received Medicaid when Oregon expanded the program in 2008. “While these higher costs don’t come as a surprise to many, it has left us wondering why do Democrats call it the Affordable Care Act if the law doesn’t lower the cost of heath care,” said...
  • WaPo's Kliff Lets Obamacare Architect Who Promised Cost Savings Totally Change His Tune

    01/05/2014 5:45:01 AM PST · by tobyhill · 5 replies
    newsbusters ^ | 1/4/2014 | By Tom Blumer
    In late October, continuing a four-year pattern of making such claims, MIT's Jonathan Gruber, who along with Ezekiel "Zeke the Bleak" Emanuel is considered one of the two "architects" of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, pointed to a study which claimed that "the Affordable Care Act is working even better than expected, producing more coverage for much less money." But, as Wingfield noted in his Friday column, Gruber sang a totally different tune when quoted in the Washington Post on Thursday. WaPo's Sarah Kliff failed to tag Gruber as an Obamacare architect, making it appear as if he's just...
  • MSNBC host offers tearful apology to Romneys (Save the tears racist idiot!)

    01/05/2014 5:22:33 AM PST · by tobyhill · 51 replies
    cnn ^ | 1/4/2014 | Conor Finnegan
    MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry made a tearful apology to Mitt Romney’s family on her show Saturday, after she and a panel poked fun at a photo of the former Republican presidential candidate with his wife and 21 grandchildren by zeroing in on his adopted African-American grandson. "Whatever the intent was, the reality is that the segment proceeded in a way that was offensive, and showing the photo in that context, of that segment, was poor judgment. So without reservation or qualification, I apologize to the Romney family," said the anchor at the open of her show, "Melissa Harris-Perry." Harris-Perry became...
  • ERs seeing overcrowding as more patients covered by Medicaid

    01/03/2014 5:16:06 AM PST · by tobyhill · 30 replies
    WHEC NBC ^ | 1/3/2014 | staff
    Emergency rooms are overcrowded and a new study says many patients could be treated for less at clinics or offices. Experts say that people who have recently signed up for Medicaid went to the ER 40-percent more than others looking for treatment that could be addressed at doctor's offices or urgent care clinics.
  • ObamaCare enrollment tops 1 million (More Medicaid Mooches)

    12/29/2013 5:44:31 AM PST · by tobyhill · 48 replies
    the hill ^ | 12/29/2013 | By Kyle Balluck
    More than 1.1 million people enrolled in ObamaCare before a December 24 deadline for consumers seeking healthcare plans that begin Jan. 1, the Obama administration said early Sunday. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner said in a blog post that more than 975,000 people enrolled in a qualified health plan through the federal marketplace in December, following a rocky rollout in October. Detailed demographics were not released. Tavenner called the late surge “welcome.” “Our enrollment nearly doubled in the days before the January 1 coverage deadline compared to the first few weeks of the month,”...
  • The doctor won’t see you? Analysts warn ObamaCare plans could resemble Medicaid

    12/26/2013 2:24:59 PM PST · by tobyhill · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/26/2013 | fox news
    Those signing up for private health care coverage on the ObamaCare exchanges may be in for an unpleasant surprise -- they'll have insurance, but they might have trouble getting the doctor to see them. As hundreds of thousands enroll for coverage beginning Jan. 1, analysts are warning that the plans are likely to give them access to fewer doctors and hospitals. So much so, they warn, that the system could begin to resemble Medicaid, the health care program for low-income Americans. "Indeed, I think this will eventually be like Medicaid," said Merrill Matthews, director of the Council for Affordable Health...
  • ObamaCare deadline extended again (but first you must beg for "leniency")

    12/25/2013 4:01:32 AM PST · by tobyhill · 25 replies
    the hill ^ | 12/24/2013 | Jonathan Easley
    The Obama administration on Tuesday pledged to accommodate ObamaCare applicants who failed to meet the Christmas Eve deadline for enrollment because of issues with the website. “If you weren’t able to enroll in an insurance plan by Dec. 23 because of problems you had using, you still may be able to get coverage that starts Jan. 1,” a message on reads. “Even though we have passed the Dec. 23 enrollment deadline for coverage starting Jan. 1, we don’t want you to miss out if you’ve been trying to enroll.” ,,,, Now officials say there’s even more flexibility on...
  • Obama Says 1 Million Signed up for Health Care (BS!!!)

    12/22/2013 5:42:34 AM PST · by tobyhill · 56 replies
    ABC News ^ | 12/22/2013 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and JULIE PACE
    His health care plan facing a dicey transition, President Barack Obama said Friday that insurance sign-ups are surging now that the government's website is working better for consumers. But it was too soon to say the rollout has turned the corner. More than 1 million people have enrolled since Oct. 1, Obama said at his end-of-the-year press conference. That's more than two-and-a-half times the number on Nov. 30, when major fixes to the website were completed. At that point, only 365,000 had signed up through new federal and state markets offering subsidized private insurance. "That is a big deal," Obama...
  • Analysis: How the White House is rebranding Obamacare for 'young invincibles'

    12/21/2013 3:23:02 AM PST · by tobyhill · 22 replies
    reuters ^ | 12/21/2013 | CAREN BOHAN
    Last summer, White House officials planning a nationwide push to urge young adults to enroll in new health insurance plans had a big problem: Polls showed that many young, healthy people who could be key to the success of the Affordable Care Act knew little about it or its October 1 rollout. So the administration, scrambling to create a publicity "buzz" that would ripple across social media, turned to Hollywood. Stars such as pop singer Lady Gaga - a Twitter icon with nearly 41 million followers - singer John Legend (5 million followers) and actress Olivia Wilde (1.2 million followers)...
  • White House broadens Obamacare exemptions (Obamacare death by millions of exemptions)

    12/20/2013 3:28:07 AM PST · by tobyhill · 42 replies
    politico ^ | 12/20/2013 | By JENNIFER HABERKORN and CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN
    Millions of Americans who had their health plans cancelled will be exempt from the Obamacare individual mandate, the administration said Thursday – a surprise move that comes just before Monday’s deadline to sign up for coverage starting Jan. 1. The administration also said people who had their plans cancelled could get a scaled back catastrophic plan, which has more limited benefits than those included in other Obamacare health plans. The move prompted sharp criticism from Republicans and concern from the insurance industry that another last-minute change would disrupt coverage and lead to tumult in the new marketplaces. “This latest rule...
  • Some Obamacare shoppers can pay Jan. 10 for Jan. 1 coverage

    12/18/2013 12:00:52 PM PST · by tobyhill · 11 replies
    reuters ^ | 12/18/2013 | staff
    Individuals who select their health insurance plan on the exchanges set up under the national healthcare reform law by the Dec. 23 deadline will have until Jan. 10 to pay and still receive coverage as of Jan. 1, 2014, the nation's largest organization of insurers said on Wednesday. Some insurers had already announced similar moves individually, but now plans selling insurance on either the state or federal exchanges will voluntarily honor the delayed payment schedule, America's Health Insurance Plans said in a statement. But some state-based exchanges said they are not adopting the timeline, which could create confusion for consumers...
  • Employers cut health coverage, find scapegoat: Obamacare

    12/17/2013 7:48:07 AM PST · by tobyhill · 49 replies
    la times ^ | 12/16/2013 | Michael Hiltzik
    If there's been one inexorable trend coming out of the HR departments of major employers, it's been the steady erosion of worker pay and benefits. Razor-thin raises, defined benefit pensions replaced by 401(k) plans, shrinking healthcare--if you've been on a big company's payroll, you know the drill. Expect the trend to continue or even pick up steam, because employers have an ideal scapegoat right now: the Affordable Care Act. It looks like the blame-Obamacare game is having some effect. According to an AP poll released over the weekend, three-quarters of those with private or employer-based insurance think the Affordable Care...
  • Report: W.H. delayed Obamacare, EPA rules till after 2012 election

    12/15/2013 8:27:21 AM PST · by tobyhill · 17 replies
    CBS ^ | 12/15/2013 | By JAKE MILLER
    In an effort to ease President Obama’s reelection bid, the White House delayed the imposition of a series of regulations affecting Obamacare and environmental protection ahead of the 2012 election, according to a new report in the Washington Post. While the administration has said its approach to regulatory review is consistent with that of previous administrations, several former administration officials told the Post that the delays were longer under Mr. Obama than his predecessors, and that the motive behind them was clearly political. The regulations in question governed some of the most politically sensitive aspects of the president’s agenda. One...
  • Interpreter for Mandela event: I was hallucinating

    12/12/2013 3:30:59 AM PST · by tobyhill · 68 replies
    fox tampa bay ^ | 12/12/2013 | ap
    <p>The man accused of faking sign interpretation while standing alongside world leaders like U.S. President Barack Obama at Nelson Mandela's memorial service said Thursday he saw "angels" at the event, has been violent in the past and suffers from schizophrenia.</p>
  • Obamacare: An uneven playing field for hospitals

    12/09/2013 1:14:33 PM PST · by tobyhill · 12 replies
    cnbc ^ | 12/9/2013 | By: Bertha Coombs
    At Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, the push is on to get patients insured under Obamacare plans. Since Thanksgiving, there's been a line outside of the hospital's enrollment center every morning when the doors open at 7. With the website now working better, the hospital is helping more than 100 people a day look over and enroll in plans. "We've reached out to 22,000 of our patients," said Marian Morrow, Parkland's patient financial service manager, in the crowded enrollment office. In 2012, Parkland provided $685 million in uncompensated care for its mostly uninsured patient population and for those who...
  • ObamaCare Raises Health Insurance Premiums, Especially For The Young

    12/08/2013 5:48:10 PM PST · by tobyhill · 30 replies
    forbes ^ | 12/5/2013 | Mathew Herrper
    The Affordable Care Act has dramatically increased the cost of buying a health insurance plan on the individual market in California, Texas, Florida, New York, Illinois, Georgia, and North Carolina, states that account for more than half of America’s uninsured adults, according to a study by Sector & Sovereign, a sell-side firm that focuses on advising investors what sectors to put their money in. Worse, the firm argued in a note earlier this week, the increases in cost are most substantial for the young. According to S&S, the average deductible – the amount of money you spend out of pocket...
  • Obama lived with Kenyan uncle prior to law school, White House says (Obama lied, again)

    12/07/2013 3:13:11 PM PST · by tobyhill · 32 replies
    cnn ^ | 12/7/2013 | Dana Davidsen
    The White House clarified Thursday that President Barack Obama did live with his Kenyan uncle in Cambridge, Massachusetts for a "brief period of time" before attending Harvard Law School in the 1980s after previously saying there was no record of the two ever meeting. The clarification comes amid GOP criticism over the issue of Obama’s honesty and trustworthiness, two personal traits the president has taken a hit on in recent polls. Obama apologizes for health coverage cancellations due to Obamacare Onyango Okech Obama, President Obama's uncle, was granted permission Tuesday by a federal immigration judge to stay in the United...
  • Stunning hypocrisy from Democrats in wake of ObamaCare's broken promises

    12/03/2013 6:28:13 PM PST · by tobyhill · 19 replies
    fox news ^ | 12/3/2013 | By Scott Brown
    Hypocrisy and double standards are two things that disgust and infuriate all Americans, regardless of where they fall on the ideological spectrum. Unfortunately, these qualities are far too prevalent in our political culture today, and are prime reasons why Washington and the politicians that work there are held in such low regard. Nowhere is this more evident than in the implementation and implosion of ObamaCare. During the debate over the deeply flawed bill in 2009 and 2010, voters were repeatedly assured by President Obama and his congressional allies that everyone who liked their current health care plan would be able...
  • White House launching new ObamaCare push, as GOP sees 2014 opening (Obamboozled 2)

    12/03/2013 11:02:35 AM PST · by tobyhill · 5 replies
    fox news ^ | 12/3/2013 | ed henry
    His party's political fortunes and his own legacy on the line, President Obama is launching a campaign on Tuesday to once again sell the benefits of ObamaCare to the public, and try to head off a backlash in 2014. Republicans already are threatening to tar the Democratic Party with the health care law's troubled rollout. Obama, meanwhile, is in danger of becoming what Nancy Pelosi was in 2010 -- a party leader whom endangered Democrats in state and congressional races will run from, not with, in the midterms. As former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell told Politico: "If it were right...
  • Still More ObamaCare Lies (Obama blames GOP for his failures)

    12/03/2013 4:11:58 AM PST · by tobyhill · 45 replies
    IBD ^ | 12/2/2013 | staff
    President Obama says so many false things about ObamaCare that it's hard to keep up. But here are two more untruths that deserve debunking. In speech after speech these days, Obama tries to shift blame for the ongoing ObamaCare debacles onto the backs of Republicans. In late November, for example, Obama complained that "instead of rooting for failure, or refighting old battles, Republicans in Congress need to work with us to improve those things about the Affordable Care Act that aren't working as well as they should." Obama's attempt to escape responsibility for the failure of his signature domestic achievement...
  • No security ever built into Obamacare site: Hacker

    12/02/2013 5:34:50 PM PST · by tobyhill · 26 replies
    cnbc ^ | 11/25/2013 | By: Matthew J. Belvedere
    It could take a year to secure the risk of "high exposures" of personal information on the federal Obamacare online exchange, a cybersecurity expert told CNBC on Monday. "When you develop a website, you develop it with security in mind. And it doesn't appear to have happened this time," said David Kennedy, a so-called "white hat" hacker who tests online security by breaching websites. He testified on Capitol Hill about the flaws of last week. "It's really hard to go back and fix the security around it because security wasn't built into it," said Kennedy, chief executive of TrustedSec....
  • Insurers Claim Health Website Is Still Flawed (but Obama already took his victory lap)

    12/02/2013 5:04:18 PM PST · by tobyhill · 10 replies
    cnbc ^ | 12/2/2013 | Robert Pear and Reed Abelson
    Weeks of frantic technical work appear to have made the government's health care website easier for consumers to use. But that does not mean everyone who signs up for insurance can enroll in a health plan. The problem is that so-called back end systems, which are supposed to deliver consumer information to insurers, still have not been fixed. And with coverage for many people scheduled to begin in just 30 days, insurers are worried the repairs may not be completed in time. ''Until the enrollment process is working from end to end, many consumers will not be able to enroll...
  • George Will: Medicaid is Next Obamacare Crisis

    12/01/2013 2:40:23 PM PST · by tobyhill · 52 replies
    newsmax ^ | 12/1/2013 | Greg Richter
    As the White House touted improvements to the troubled website Sunday morning, conservative pundit George Will said the real test might be in six months when employers begin to weigh their options for 2015. "Watch the employers, because if they start dumping people into … Medicaid – and the doctors then say, the burdens are too high and the reimbursement is too low; we're not seeing Medicaid patients – then all hell is going to break loose," Will said on "Fox News Sunday." Former Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., voted for Obamacare, and admitted Sunday it hasn't worked out like...
  • Small businesses still face ObamaCare ‘sticker shock’

    11/30/2013 12:52:28 PM PST · by tobyhill · 3 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/29/2013 | S.A. Miller
    The delay of the federal ObamaCare online marketplace for small businesses won’t postpone the “sticker shock” for workers, experts say. David Capo, vice president of Benefit Advisory Service, a health-insurance broker firm in Queens, said the new mandated coverage costs more — and employees ultimately will pay for it. “There’s this perception out there that ObamaCare is either ­going to be free or it’s going to be better plans or it’s going to save them money,” he said. “That’s really not the case for most people who work for our ­clients. “There will be a price shock associated with those...
  • Survey finds doctors rebelling against Obamacare, famous hospitals declining to join

    11/28/2013 4:44:51 AM PST · by tobyhill · 17 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/27/2013 | BY RICHARD POLLOCK
    Obamacare applicants across the country are finding their premiums are tripling, their favorite doctors aren't available, the physicians they can see are often far away and many prestigious hospitals offering specialized care are off-limits to them, according to a Washington Examiner survey of health insurance agents and brokers across the country. Agents associated with the National Association of Health Underwriters were contacted in 16 cites across the country. The agents were all certified by state insurance regulators to sell health insurance policies within and without the Obamacare exchanges. Their responses provide an alarming picture of the profound changes Obamacare is...
  • Small business Obamacare online enrollment delayed a year (Another election year delay)

    11/27/2013 1:07:01 PM PST · by tobyhill · 14 replies
    politico ^ | 11/27/2013 | By JASON MILLMAN
    The Obama administration today announced a one year delay of online enrollment for small businesses looking to purchase health coverage through federal Obamacare exchanges, another high-profile setback for It’s the second delay for online small business enrollment, which the administration had said would begin this month. The White House is trying to get the troubled enrollment website on track for individuals and families seeking coverage, which is a higher priority. It set this Saturday, Nov. 30, as a target date for getting working for the “vast majority” of users. The delay of the small business exchanges comes as...
  • U.S. health plan to up aid to insurers on sicker members (Obama to bailout "Big Insurance")

    11/27/2013 3:46:02 AM PST · by tobyhill · 10 replies
    reuters ^ | 11/27/2013 | staff
    The U.S. government is proposing compensation to help insurers participating in Obamacare health exchanges who fear that their costs will spin out of control if their plans are dominated by sicker people. Fears about cost burdens from sicker patients increased when President Barack Obama introduced a "fix" to fulfill his promise to let people who like their existing insurance plans keep them. The exchanges were created as part of Obama's healthcare reform law, popularly known as Obamacare. An estimated 7 million people are expected to sign up in the first year. Insurance went on sale on Oct. 1 and goes...
  • Mark Halperin: Obamacare Contains "Death Panels" (The truth is finally getting out)

    11/26/2013 2:25:59 PM PST · by tobyhill · 27 replies
    real clear politics ^ | 11/26/2013 | staff
    The Affordable Care Act contains provisions for "death panels," which decide which critically-ill patients receive care and which won't, according to Mark Halperin, senior political analyst for Time magazine. "It's built into the plan.
  • It's not Obamacare, it's business ("Big Insurance" tries new technique to sell Obamacare scam)

    11/26/2013 8:30:05 AM PST · by tobyhill · 30 replies
    politico ^ | 11/26/2013 | By KYLE CHENEY and PAIGE WINFIELD CUNNINGHAM
    Insurance companies are ready to unleash an expensive PR blitz to get 7 million new customers once is fixed. But don’t expect them to sell “Obamacare.” Big insurers and the stock analysts that track them say that once the White House is sure its enrollment website is working, the companies will barrage the airwaves with messages encouraging people to join new health insurance exchanges, either by signing up directly with insurers or by giving the website another shot. The strategy makes sense: “Obamacare” polls terribly with Americans, but the idea of affordable insurance is a hit. And for the...